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City of York Tourist Information

York is sometimes described as the capital of the north, and it's not difficult to see why. It is a really beautiful city which deservedly attracts tourists from around the world. Its history pervades the whole fabric of the City - you could say it's written on the City walls, which date back to Roman times and still surround most of the old city - and reach back as far as the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings (who gave their dwelling the name Jorvik, from which the name York is derived).


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It is also the second most important site of Christianity in the UK - and the imposing towers of York Minster dominate the landscape for miles around, as if asserting its eminence to anyone approaching the city by road or rail.

But it isn't just its history - and there's an awful lot of it - that makes York special. It's also a forward-looking and very modern place, with excellent restaurants serving a vast range of cuisines, and a great place for culture too - with the marvellous Theatre Royal, the York Art Gallery, traditional museums and the bang-up-to-date National Railway Museum, plus the ground-breaking and multi-award-winning Jorvik Viking Centre. There's also Newgate Market (110 stalls within Europe's biggest pedestrianised area) which is open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, and York has some fine shops and department stores too.

Other "must-do" sights and activities are the Museum Gardens - very popular in the summer months; the Shambles - a well-preserved Tudor street where an abattoir was once sited, which is now home to a host of boutique shops and restaurants; a trip on a river-boat on the River Ouse, and the York Mystery Plays, performed every 4 years from wagons at various locations around the city; a tradition dating back to medieval times (Sunday 11th July and Sunday 18th July 2010 are the next scheduled performances, but check dates to avoid disappointment).

York Tourist Information Centre is in the De Grey Rooms, in St Leonard's Place - just round the corner from Exhibition Square.

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York Minster seen from Low Petergate, YorkThe Shambles, YorkYork Minster

Places to visit and things to do in York

Castle Museum

Jorvik Viking Centre

Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Chocolate: York's Sweet Story

National Railway Museum

Newgate Market

Richard III Museum, Monk Bar

River Ouse boat trips

Roman Bath Public House

The Ghost Trail of York

Shambles

Spooksfest York

Treasurer's House

York Brewery

York Art Gallery

York Cold War Bunker

York Dungeon

York Minster

Yorkshire Museum and Museum Gardens

Streamline Taxis

 

Places to visit near York

Falconry UK Birds of Prey Centre, Thirsk

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon

Helmsley Castle, Helmsley

Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton

Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Pocklington Arts Centre

Poplars Adventure Mega Maze, Knaresborough

Rievaulx Abbey, near Helmsley

Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Racecourse

Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Thirsk

Sutton Park, Sutton-on-the-Forest

Thirsk Racecourse, Thirsk

Aldborough Roman Site, Aldborough, near Boroughbridge

Beningbrough Hall, Shipton by Beningbrough

Byland Abbey, near Coxwold

Castle Howard

Duncombe Park, Helmsley

Eden Camp, Malton

Harewood House, Leeds

RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate

Kirkham Priory, Whitwell-on-the-Hill

Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Newburgh Priory Estate

North York Moors National Park

Nunnington Hall, Helmsley

Pickering Castle, Pickering

Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole

Selby Abbey, Selby

World of James Herriot, Thirsk

Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington